Baz Luhrmann was days away from shooting Elvis Presley biopic when production shut down

Baz Luhrmann was four days away from shooting his Elvis Presley biopic when production shut down after Tom Hanks tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. The Oscar-winning actor was in Australia with his wife Rita Wilson preparing to start filming Elvi…

Baz Luhrmann was four days away from shooting his Elvis Presley biopic when production shut down after Tom Hanks tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

The Oscar-winning actor was in Australia with his wife Rita Wilson preparing to start filming Elvis, in which he plays the rock ‘n’ roll star’s longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker, when they both tested positive for the virus in March and were quarantined in hospital.

In an interview with Deadline, Elvis director Luhrmann revealed that the team, including Austin Butler as Presley, had been in rehearsals when the tests came back positive and they shut down immediately that day, only four days away from shooting.

“I was four days out from shooting. I had built the Vegas showroom, the International which became the Hilton, and you know that famous scene where Elvis is playing that showroom?” he explained, referring to when Presley was mobbed and kissed by dozens of fans. “We were rehearsing camera positioning, everything, and I’d done all the tests, Austin, Tom, and the whole cast was on fire. We were that close.”

The Moulin Rouge! filmmaker revealed they were in the middle of rehearsing that scene when his producer came in to tell him about Hanks.

“So, I’m getting ready to begin shooting on a Monday, and I’m rehearsing the scene where we’ve built the Vegas showroom, and Tom guides in Austin as Elvis, and it’s a scene where basically hundreds of girls are kissing Elvis, in a ’70s show,” Luhrmann recalled. “Tom guides him through the crowd. All of a sudden, I see my producer, Patrick McCormick on the set… You and the world knows what happened next.”

The crew used the footage to help track down anyone who had been in contact with Hanks and they all had to quarantine for 14 days. They were tested and it turned out “we never had one more infection in the entire crew”.

Hanks and Wilson are now recovered from the virus and are back home in the U.S. They have donated some blood to help create a vaccine.

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Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky fast for 16 hours each day

Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky fast for 16 hours every day. During an appearance on Spanish talk show El Hormiguero on Tuesday, the Spanish actress was asked about fasting, one of the practices she recommends in her upcoming lifestyle guide …

Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky fast for 16 hours every day.

During an appearance on Spanish talk show El Hormiguero on Tuesday, the Spanish actress was asked about fasting, one of the practices she recommends in her upcoming lifestyle guide STRONG: How to Eat, Move and Live with Strength and Vitality, and she revealed the couple stay fit by going without food for 16 hours each day.

“My husband and I do 16 hours of fasting every day,” she said. “I think it’s the best anti-ageing trick, not taking anything in 16 hours to let your body rest.”

Describing the regime as “very healthy”, the 43-year-old explained that in Australia, where the couple and their three children have lived for years, they eat much earlier than in Spain.

Intermittent fasting has become quite a popular trend in recent years. The 16:8 plan involves fasting for 16 hours and restricting the daily meal intake period to eight hours. For many people, this means not eating anything after dinner and skipping breakfast.

Her comments have sparked backlash on social media, with one user writing, “It’s embarrassing, she is prompting people to have severe nutritional problems. This is anything but healthy,” and another posting, “Elsa Pataky giving health advice. In which university have you studied to recommend fasting and guide on tips to be healthy? Fake news is bad, but fake health news is dangerous.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Pataky shared that she prefers to exercise outdoors and gets in a workout while walking her dogs.

“What I mean is that why not take advantage of going to the beach to take the dogs to, instead of walking, go do leg presses and work the a*s,” she explained. “I do it very much, people look at you, but what else is it? That’s how you work glutes.”

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Adut Akech makes sure hairstylists are respectful of her hair

Adut Akech is no longer afraid to voice her opinions when it comes to hairstyling.The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, made her runway debut for Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2017 show in September 2016 and has sinc…

Adut Akech is no longer afraid to voice her opinions when it comes to hairstyling.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, made her runway debut for Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2017 show in September 2016 and has since gone on to appear as the “bride” in a Chanel couture show, and walk for the likes of Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, and Kenzo.

While Adut has quickly risen up the ranks of the industry, she has now shared that she has often had to have difficult conversations with hairstylists before shows and photoshoots, as many are unequipped to work with her natural hair.

“I have Afro hair, and you can’t use the same products or put the same amount of heat on my hair as you would with a Caucasian girl’s hair, but a lot of (hairstylists) fail to understand that. Last season, I let (the hairstylists) do what they wanted to do, and my hair got so heat-damaged,” she said in an interview with Allure magazine. “This season I didn’t let anyone touch my hair with heat at all, and a lot of people were offended, but if a model is not feeling OK (with a style), they should understand.”

Previously, models such as Iman and Leomie Anderson have spoken about how they have to supply their own foundation for gigs as make-up artists often don’t carry the right shade.

And disappointingly, Adut has had a similar experience, and often brings her go-to products to set, though she has now found a few foundations that blend seamlessly with her skin tone.

“I’m a really dark-skinned girl, and it was hard to find something in Australia; the only brand I could use was MAC. In America, I can find my shade. I like L’Oreal Paris True Match, Maybelline New York Fit Me, and Dior Backstage,” the 19-year-old added.

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Serena Williams delighted by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s fashion choice

Serena Williams was thrilled to see Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wear one of her designs at a recent event.The tennis champion and the new royal are longtime friends, with Serena attending Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry in May (18). But even Serena was …

Serena Williams was thrilled to see Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wear one of her designs at a recent event.

The tennis champion and the new royal are longtime friends, with Serena attending Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry in May (18).

But even Serena was stunned to see Meghan, who announced that she is pregnant with her first child on Monday (15Oct18), sporting a grey blazer from her Serena Williams collection while visiting locals in Dubbo, Australia on Tuesday as part of her first official tour as a British royal.

“The face you make when you and Meghan have matching @serena blazers #BeSeenBeHeard Link in bio to shop the collection!” the sportswoman wrote alongside a photograph of herself smiling while wearing the same jacket on her Instagram page.

The Boss Oversized Blazer is priced at $145 (£110). Most of the stock has sold out on Serena’s website, though there are some quantities of the extra small size still available.

“Sometimes you just gotta show ’em who’s boss,” the website description of the garment states. “Our oversized blazer, with its notched collars and patch pockets, works overtime in that department. Throw in the sharp plaid print for a mid-afternoon break of fun.”

Meghan, 37, chose to accessorise her outfit with a top from Maison Kitsune, jeans by Outland and boots from J.Crew. In addition, she had her brunette tresses swept back into a low ponytail – a change from her go-to wavy hairstyle.

On Monday, Meghan stepped out in a white dress by Karen Gee for a visit with Harry to Admiralty House in Sydney, but later changed into an olive green number from Brandon Maxwell and nude pumps for a welcome reception.

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